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Instructions for authors

General policy and scope of the journal

The CBAB – CROP BREEDING AND APPLIED BIOTECHNOLOGY (, eISSN 1984-7033) – is the official quarterly journal of the Brazilian Society of Plant Breeding  (, abbreviated CROP BREED APPL BIOTECHNOL. It is indexed in ISI Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), Scopus, AGRIS, CAB International Abstracts, Biosys, Latindex, Periódica, Chemical Abstracts Service, Agricola, Agrobase, Wilson, Ebsco, ProQuest, DOAJ, Google Scholar, Acervo Documental da Embrapa, Portal da Capes and SciELO. It publishes original scientific articles, which contribute to the scientific and technological development of plant breeding and agriculture. Articles should be to do with basic and applied research on improvement of perennial and annual plants, within the fields of genetics, conservation of germplasm, biotechnology, genomics, cytogenetics, experimental statistics, seeds, food quality, biotic and abiotic stress, and correlated areas. The article must be unpublished. Simultaneous submitting to another periodical is ruled out. Authors are held solely responsible for the opinions and ideas expressed, which do not necessarily reflect the view of the Editorial Board. However, the Editorial Board reserves the right to suggest or ask for any modifications required. The journal adopts the Ithenticate software for identification of plagiarism. Complete or partial reproduction of articles is permitted, provided the source is cited. All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY. All articles are published free of charge. This is an open access journal.

The CBAB publishes articles exclusively in English. The authors must submit their articles in English. It is mandatory that the article, after approval, be reviewed in linguistic terms, which must be made exclusively by the journal’s official translators, being the onus of this service responsibility of the author. Contributions are submitted via WEB, access, whereupon the article registration system will automatically ask for a password and author’s e-mail. Delete all author and correspondence information from the manuscript file. As the Journal has a double blind review policy, authors should not reveal their identities in the manuscript. The author will be asked to enter this information in a separate form, during the submission process before uploading the manuscript file. The author can monitor the manuscript’s status of proceeding by his/her e-mail and personal password. Expert ad hoc reviewers evaluate the manuscripts to assist the Editorial Board with the final decision of approval, modification, or disapproval.

The complete manuscript should comply with the following sequence: Title, Abstract, Key words, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results and Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables and Figures. The manuscript must be typed in Word for Windows, in times new roman 12 font, double spacing, format A4, with 20 mm margins and consecutive top right numbering. The double spaced text must not exceed 18 pages, including separately placed Tables and Figures (one a page) in the end of text. All the equations, models and simbols should be made in Microsoft Equation. The Title should be clear, concise, and express the gist of the article. It should not surpass 15 words, be typed in bold, justified, with initial upper case letters. The Authors’ complete names, and their institutional addresses should be entered later in the proof reading. The Abstract should not contain more than 150 words. A maximum of 5 Key words, different from the title, are allowed. The Introduction should include a brief literature review on subject and aims of the study. Material and Methods must enable other researchers to repeat the experience. Preferentially, Results and Discussion should be presented together for easiness of reading. Acknowledgements should be succinct, and limited to effective co-workers and financing agencies. Be carefull about the References. Never cite summaries of events and theses, or any other unpublished literature. These measures will help shape a manuscript that will be a credit both to your article and to the journal. References cited in the text by the last name of the author and the year (for instance, Liu 1998, Pereira and Amaral Júnior 2001, William et al. 1990) are to be alphabetically listed in the item References, according to the following examples:

Article in journals

Pereira MG and Amaral Júnior AT (2001) Estimation of genetic components in popcorn based on the nested design. Crop Breeding and Applied Biotechnology 1: 3-10.


Hallauer AR, Carena MJ and Miranda Filho JB (2010) Quantitative genetics in maize breeding. Springer, New York, 664p.

Book chapter

Morais PPP and Borem A (2017) GM cultivars. In Silva FL, Borem A, Sediyama T and Ludke WH (eds) Soybean breeding. Springer, New York, p. 174-189.


Frey KJ (1992) Plant breeding perspectives for the 1990s. In Stalker HT and Murphy JP (eds) Proceedings of the symposium on plant breeding in the 1990s. CAB, Wallingford, p. 1-13.

The CBAB publishes, besides articles, other text forms, equally subjected to the discretion of ad hoc reviewers.


Leading authors of certain topics will be asked for a Review by the Editorial board (also restricted to 18 pages), which should shed light specifically on stirring subject matters that deserve a deeper analysis into their stage of development.


Notes are limited to 12 pages and designated to inform about new studies or observations, wherefore the analytical tools are not required. They may focus on a matter of broad interest; briefly describe an original study; report on participatory research; express observations of special interest in the fields of research, teaching, and applied sciences; or comment on the release of new software in a plant breeding-related area.

Plant breeding program

Outstanding breeding programs regarding innovation, efficiency, impact, and/or continuity can be portrayed in the CBAB, restricted to 18 pages.


Cultivar release 

New cultivars deserve special attention for their key role in plant breeding, and consequently, for domestic agriculture. A contribution to this section should comprise an Abstract of maximally 50 words, Key words, an Introduction, mention the applied improvement methods, performance characteristics, foundation seed production, and contain a minimum of References (follow examples of articles references), Tables, and Figures. The entire text should not exceed 12 pages.


Software/Device release 

New softwares and devices are going to be published in the Special section because of the importance they represent for the current improvement and, therefore, for agriculture. This new section must contains Abstracts limited to 50 words, Key words, introduction, methods, history used for the development of the manuscript, performance characteristics, applications, forms of access and a minimum of references, tables and figures. The entire manuscript will be limited to 12 pages.


Book review

This new section was created to announce new books related to plant breeding. A contribution to this section should comprise two copies of the book sent in by the Author. The book will be revised by an expertise referee chosen by the Editorial Board to edit a brief.



At invitation of the Editorial board, viewpoints will be – as reviews – worked out for the CBAB, to outline topics which interest plant breeders and society.



Short letters of general interest are also welcome for publication, subject to changes by the Editorial Board for reasons of space limits or clearness of expression.

Authors of articles in the journal CBAB – CROP BREEDING AND APPLIED BIOTECHNOLOGY profit from the following benefits:

  • CBAB is an open access journal
  • All articles are published free of charge
  • Submission and review of articles electronically via ScholarOne
  • Quick publication: average time of 153 days, in 2019
  • PDF articles freely available on the WEB
  • Evaluation by renewed national and international reviewers of the Web of Science
  • Application of iThenticate software against plagiarism
  • All articles are published with DOI
  • Broad visibility, with publication of articles exclusively in English since 2001

Thank you for choosing the CBAB.

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